Executive Director

 

BIOGRAPHY

On 1 January 2011, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, a physician and public health expert, became only the fourth Executive Director of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund. He holds the rank of Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations.

Before this appointment, Dr. Osotimehin was Nigeria’s Minister of Health. Prior to that, he was Director-General of Nigeria’s National Agency for the Control of AIDS, which coordinates HIV and AIDS work in a country of more than 160 million people.

Dr. Osotimehin qualified as a doctor from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, in 1972, and went to the University of Birmingham, England, where he got a doctorate in medicine in 1979. He was appointed Professor at the University of Ibadan in 1980 and headed the Department of Clinical Pathology before being elected Provost of the College of Medicine in 1990. Years later, he served in several organizations, including as Chair of the National Action Committee on AIDS, from 2002 to 2007. Dr. Osotimehin received the Nigerian national honour of Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON) in December 2005.

At UNFPA, he has introduced major reforms to make the Fund more focused and results-oriented as well as intensified efforts to promote the rights and ability of young people to build a better world in the context of sexual and reproductive health.

He is married and has five children.

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EDUCATION 

  • Dr. Osotimehin is a physician who graduated from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, with an MBBS in 1972
  • Received a Doctorate in Medicine from the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom, in 1979

PREVIOUS POSITIONS

  • African Spokesperson, Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Minister of Health, Nigeria, December 2008–March 2010
  • Director-General, Nigerian National Agency for the Control of AIDS, March 2007–December 2008
  • Chairman, National Action Committee on AIDS, Nigeria, July 2002–March 2007
  • Project Manager, HIV/AIDS Programme Development Project (World Bank-Assisted), 2002-2008
  • Chairman, Project Governing Board, Joint Regional HIV/AIDS Project in the Abidjan–Lagos Transport Corridor, 2003-2008
  • Vice-President, 14th International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA), 2005
  • Chairman, Committee of Presidential Advisers of AIDS Watch Africa
  • Member, Policy and Strategy Committee, Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
  • Member, Global Steering Committee on Universal Access
  • Coordinator, the Social Sciences and Reproductive Health Research Network, Ibadan, Nigeria (an interdisciplinary network comprising sociologists, economists, doctors, lawyers, psychologists and human nutritionists dedicated to applying innovative research techniques to reproductive health and human development)
  • Provost, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, 1990–1994
  • Professor of Clinical Pathology, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, 1980.

MEMBERSHIPS/AFFILIATIONS

  • Member of the Royal College of Physicians (UK)
  • Fellow in Endocrinology, Cornell University Graduate School of Medicine, New York, United States, 1979-1980
  • Distinguished Visitor, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Chicago, United States, 1996
  • Visiting Fellow, Harvard Centre for Population and Development Studies, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States, 1996-1997
  • Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Sciences since 2006.
  • Population Association of America
  • International Advisory Group, Population and Reproductive Health, the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Chicago
  • Regional Advisory Panel (Africa and the Middle East), Special Programme on Research and Research Training in the Human Reproduction Programme of the World Health Organization
  • Chairman of the Committee to draft a Policy on Basic Health Sciences Research and Health Technology Delivery for the Nigerian Government
  • Nigerian Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism
  • The Nigerian Medical Association
  • The Nigerian Institute of Management

MAJOR CONFERENCES AND FORUMS ATTENDED

  • The International Conference on Population and Development, Cairo, 1994
  • The United Nations Women’s Conference, Beijing, 1995
  • Confintea - UNESCO 5th International Conference on Adult Education, Hamburg, Germany, 1997
  • The 2nd International Interdisciplinary Conference on Women and Health, Edinburgh, Scotland, 1999
  • World Health Assembly of the World Health Organization, 2006–2009
  • United Nations General Assembly, New York, 2006-2010
  • Virtually every major international forum on HIV and AIDS, such as:

- African Development Forum on AIDS: The Greatest Leadership Challenge, Addis Ababa, December, 2000
- Organization of African Unity Special Meeting on HIV/AIDS in Africa, Abuja, Nigeria, April 2001
- United Nations General Assembly Special Sessions/Meetings on HIV and AIDS, New York, 2003 and 2006
- International Conferences on AIDS and STIs in Africa, Nairobi (2003) and Abuja (2005)
- General Assembly of the African Union, Addis Ababa (2004) and Khartoum (2006)
- International AIDS Conferences in Barcelona (2002); Bangkok (2004); Toronto (2006) and Mexico City (2005)

HONOUR

  • Awarded the Nigerian national honour, Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON), December 2005.

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14 April 2014

Conclusions of the 2014 Commission on Population and Development

UNITED NATIONS, New York – UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, welcomes the conclusions of the 47th session of the Commission on Population and Development, which reaffirmed the groundbreaking and forward-looking Programme of Action of the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD). more
11 April 2014

UNFPA hosts Google Hangout on adolescents, young people at Commission on Population and Development

UNITED NATIONS, New York – On Friday 11 April, from 12pm until 1pm, UNFPA, the UN Population Fund, is hosting a “Google Hangout” on a vital – and yet too often neglected – area of action: adolescents and young people. more
09 April 2014

Mapping a Sustainable Development Agenda for the 21st Century

UNITED NATIONS, New York – Twenty years ago in Cairo, the Programme of Action adopted at the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) articulated a bold new vision that recognized the human rights of women and young people, including their reproductive health and rights, as cornerstones of sustainable development. This week, representatives from governments, international organizations and civil society gather at the United Nations to celebrate the vision of Cairo, take stock of progress made, and lay the groundwork for the future development agenda. more
09 April 2014

Statement on the Philippines Supreme Court’s Decision on the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Law

UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, welcomes the decision by the Philippines Supreme Court to uphold the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of 2012, which allows women, especially the poor and marginalized, access to reproductive health information and services, including family planning and sexuality education. more
08 April 2014

The World Must Reach Those Left Behind

UNITED NATIONS, New York – The 2014 Session of the Commission on Population and Development opened on 7 April with calls to redouble efforts to promote development through strengthened reproductive health and human rights. more
07 April 2014

Opening of 47th Session of the Commission on Population and Development

"The ICPD Programme of Action changed forever how we perceive population and development. It moved population policies and programmes from a focus on numbers to a focus on individuals – women and men, girls and boys. And in so doing, it ensured that our collective goals included all people, particularly the most marginalized and vulnerable women and girls", said UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin in his opening remarks to this historic session of the Commission on Population and Development. more
08 March 2014

The Way Forward for Gender Equality

"We all remember when the headlines, nearly half a century ago, warned of an imminent population explosion. Governments were scrambling to find the solution and their answer was to limit population growth, especially in the developing world. In 1994, we found what then seemed like an unlikely answer to dealing with changing population dynamics: women," write UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin and UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka in this opinion piece on Al Jazeera. more
06 March 2014

International Women’s Day: Progress for Women and Girls is Progress for All

As we commemorate International Women’s Day and celebrate the many achievements of women and girls, we should also remember that for far too many, the ability to live a healthy, productive life free from violence, to fully enjoy their rights, remains an aspiration. So today is also a time to recommit ourselves to delivering once and for all on the promise of gender equality, women’s empowerment and sexual and reproductive health and rights for all women and girls everywhere. more
11 February 2014

UNFPA and Pathfinder International Renew Collaborative Commitment to Advance Family Planning, Gender Equality

On February 10th, leaders from Pathfinder International and UNFPA signed a memorandum renewing the organizations’ collaborative commitment to advance family planning and gender equality worldwide. Pathfinder President Purnima Mane and UNFPA Executive Director Babatunde Osotimehin met at UNFPA headquarters in New York to sign the agreement at a critical juncture in time—as progress toward the Millennium Development Goals is being assessed, new global development goals are taking shape, and the world is reviewing where we stand 20 years after the landmark International Conference on Population and Development. more